Our carefully chosen selection of hard cheeses offers deep, complex flavours and exceptional long finishes. Artisan cheesemakers treasure traditional methods and recipes. They age their Cheddars and hard cheeses with time-honoured techniques for many months — and, in some cases, years. This allows each cheese’s unique texture, flavours, and aromas to develop. Our mouthwatering range includes rich, bold, and tangy cheeses with notes of nuttiness, earthiness, caramel, and grass.
No cheeseboard is complete without at least one variety of hard cheese — especially one with big, bold flavours. Pair our hard cheeses with thick, dark chutneys or crunchy apple slices for a mouthwatering end to your meal.
A small number of Lincolnshire Poacher cheeses are specially selected for extended maturing. These become known as 'Double Barrel', a perfect choice for those who enjoy big punchy flavours. Double Barrel Poachers are matured between two and three years. Encased in a mottled grey-brown rind with the appearance of granite, this cheese is rich, strong and savoury. Deep pungent flavours are offset by bright and fruity notes. Read more
Godminster Vintage Cheddar hails from Bruton, Somerset, where it is made with pasteurised cow’s milk from the farm's own organic dairy herd to a traditional 70-year-old recipe. This firm Cheddar is matured for up to twelve months to produce a full, rounded flavour and an exceptionally smooth, creamy texture. Rich and buttery, it has a long finish without the acidity often associated with vintage Cheddars. Encased in distinctive burgundy wax, Godminster Cheddar is shaped in round truckles – and seasonally as pretty hearts. Read more
Wrapped in muslin and dipped into molten black wax, this handmade cheese from the village of Goosnargh in the heart of Lancashire is deeply creamy after maturing for two years. Just as its name suggests, Lancashire Bomb has a strong, powerful flavour with a touch of acid. It can be sliced open and eaten with a spoon when warmed to room temperature. Enjoy with classic brown pickle and crusty bread. Read more
Norfolk Dapple is a cheddar-style cheese made by Ferndale Cheeses in Norfolk. Maker Arthur Betts uses unpasteurised cow’s milk from a local herd of pedigree Holstein-Friesians and traditional ‘cheddaring’ methods to create this rich and round cheese with a hint of nuttiness. Its namesake dappling develops on the truckles’ cloths while it matures for between five and eight months. Read more
Pliable Ogleshield is the West Country equivalent to Swiss Raclette. This supple cheese melts magnificently for sumptuous Alpine style raclette dinners with potatoes and gherkins – or the perfect cheese toastie! Made from rich Jersey milk by Jamie Montgomery in Somerset (maker of Montgomery's Cheddar), it is washed in brine every three days to develop its springy consistency, pink rind and slightly pungent aroma. The name of this cheese honours the contribution of former Neals Yard Dairy maturer Bill Oglethorpe to its development, and the cheese’s shield shape. Read more
Ferndale Cheeses’s Norfolk Dapple spends at least twelve hours in a bespoke refrigerator with the smoke of oak wood pellets to become Smoked Dapple. The result is multiple layers of flavour. We love the balance of smokiness, richness, roundness and nuttiness. The ‘dapple’ on this cheese is the beautiful speckling of colours that develop on this clothbound cheese as it matures for between five and eight months. Read more
Black Bomber is the flagship cheese of the Snowdonia Cheese Company, one of the UK’s best-selling speciality cheese brands. This multi-award-winning cheese from the Welsh Valleys has become a modern classic, instantly recognisable in its black wax casing. Made with pasteurised cow’s milk, this extra mature Cheddar is creamy and smooth. Its deep yet mellow flavour and long finish has secured its place in many cheese lovers’ hearts. Read more
Spenwood is a hard, pressed cheese made from unpasteurised ewes' milk. Reminiscent of Pecorino, its pale yellow paste has a smooth, dense texture and a sweet, slightly nutty flavour. Spenwood is produced by Anne Wigmore of Village Maid Cheese, based near Spencer Wood in Berkshire, from where this cheese takes its name. Matured for six months, it is perfect for grating over pasta or risotto. Spenwood won Super Gold at the World Cheese Awards 2017. Read more
St Helena is a brand new cheese from the makers of St Jude and St Cera. Based at Fen Farm nearby Bungay, Suffolk, they use the raw milk of the farm's Montebeliarde cows to create this supple washed rind cheese made to a St Nectaire recipe and aged on rye straw mats. Milky and sweet with just a hint of tangy farmyard at the finish, St Helena is an excellent melter and we love it alongside the crunchy sharpness of our Slate pickles. Read more
Vintage Gouda typically fills your mouth with lingering delights of fudgy caramel and this one from the Cornish Gouda Company is no exception. Aged for over two years, it has a rich, complex flavour and crunchy texture from visible protein crystals. Handcrafted to a traditional Dutch recipe, this Vintage Gouda is made on the Spierings' sustainably-run dairy farm near Looe on the south Cornish coast. It makes an incredible sandwich tucked inside crusty sourdough bread. Read more
Vintage Lincolnshire Poacher is made on the Jones family’s sustainably run farm with the unpasteurised milk from their herd of Holstein-Friesian cows. This traditionally-made cheese is similar to cheddar while also being reminiscent of Alpine cheeses such as Comte and Gruyere. Matured for around 22 months on wooden boards, Vintage Lincolnshire Poacher is smooth and rich. Batches made from summer milk have sweet pineapple and grassy notes with hints of toasted nuts. Winter-made batches are often more savoury and meaty. Read more
There are no mountains to be found near Copys Green Farm, Wighton, but this doesn't stop Catherine Temple producing Norfolk's very own Alpine-style cheese. Inspired by the local cheeses she discovered on a European cycling holiday, this semi-hard cheese is handmade to a Gruyere recipe using milk from the farm's own herd of Brown Swiss cows. Matured for six to nine months, Wells Alpine has a sweet, nutty flavour and a pleasant tang. Read more
Winner of the ‘Best Cheddar’ award at the British Cheese Awards 2018, Westcombe Cheddar is one of the three big Somerset Cheddars. Made by a father and son team at Westcombe Dairy near Shepton Mallett, this PDO accredited artisan Cheddar has a fabulous earthy aroma and a deep complex flavour. We love its lingering notes of notes of hazelnut and caramel; its mellow tang; and famously long finish. Read more